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Kuwait Airport to use biometric tech for better passenger handling

DGCA to add more features to new terminal

KUWAIT CITY, July 3, (KUNA): Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation marks one year since the launching of Terminal 4 allocated for Kuwait Airways, which falls on Thursday, by launching biometric technology. Kuwait’s International Airport will start using facial recognition technology at its newly built Terminal 4t (T4) for a trial period of three months, the country’s civil aviation authority said on Wednesday.

The biometric technology is part of a digital strategy put in place at the airport, where passenger and flight information will be available upon facial recognition, the director general of Kuwait’s Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) Yousef Al-Fouzan said in a statement a year after the terminal was launched. Besides better passenger handling, the system will also be able to locate the whereabouts of passengers at all times, resulting in better airport services, he explained.

Kuwait’s civil aviation body is in the process of adding more features to the new terminal, according to the head of DGCA’s engineering department Saleh Al-Fadagi, who revealed the extra services are worth KD 46.4 million. On a related note, he revealed that National carrier Kuwait Airways would begin flying directly to New York out of T4 this month once aviation safety measures are complete.

Kuwait International Airport has seen a spike of up to 10 percent in passenger traffic with the completion of the sprawling terminal, with officials expecting to bring the figure closer to six million passengers. Kuwait launched its new airport terminal last year as part of its 2035 development plan, hoping it would push the country one step closer towards becoming a global financial and commercial hub.

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